“As we understand the Canadians, they are not dissatisfied with the plane. However, they are dissatisfied with the process behind the choice of aircraft. This has led for the first time to the presentation of total acquisition costs over the lifetime of the aircraft.
“These had already been released by Norway in 2008, and these estimates are still stable since then,” says Norwegian deputy fighter program manager Brigadier Morten Klever.
“Should Canada finally choose a different plane than the F-35, it would of course be regrettable, but their procurement accounts for only about 2% of the total number of aircraft. Their withdrawal would have only a marginal effect on Norwegian costs,” the brigadier added.
“We have chosen the aircraft that best meets Norway’s future requirements. We are part of a broad international cooperation that will ensure that this remains the best plane for Norway in the years to come.
“I am very excited that we will begin construction of the first Norwegian plane so that we really can get started with the biggest investment in Norwegian security and independence ever, says Morten Klever.
Facts about the Norwegian fighter aircraft procurement:
• Norway will acquire up to 52 F-35 combat aircraft to replace the F-16.
• In 2008, the United States made an offer for 48 aircraft, without any equipment, at a price of 18 billion kroner at 2008 prices.
• The entire program, which now includes 52 aircraft with support equipment, logistics, training, weapons, simulators, etc., is at present estimated to cost 61.2 billion This includes adjustments for inflation over time.
•The JSF program consists of nine partner countries and, to date, two external buyers, which all together plan to buy about 3,000 aircraft. In addition, at least two other countries are considering buying the F-35, so that the total figure could rise further.